Each Wednesday’s Afternoon Inquisition is presented by the previous winner of the Comment o’ the Week. Today’s question comes courtesy of Bookitty, who writes:
Lately, Iâ€™ve been discussing the West Bend, WI library saga. To my shocked surprise, some people agree with the frothing Christian would-be censors. Their argument is a well-worn emotional appeal – “Won’t someone think of the CHILDREN!!!OMG!!!” This fallback position is the most overused red herring in the history of political debate. It is maddening.
So my question is this â€“ What commonly used red herring, straw man, or other specious debate gimmick drives you absolutely bonkers? And more importantly, how do you try to pull the topic back towards logical discourse?
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